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Mavis Staples Gospel Music Great

Gospel Great Mavis Staples Featured
in Chicago's Ultimate Summer Music Guide

by VERGE Staff | Music and Culture | Friday, June 20, 2014

The July issue of Chicago magazine features a dozen pages of everything Chicagoans and music lovers planning a trip to ‘The Big Onion’ need to know, hear, and see during the city's most exciting music season, including critics' picks of the best shows in every genre. 

Chicago's Ultimate Summer Music Guide showcases: hometown gospel great (and cover subject) Mavis Staples, includes a busy person's guide to Pitchfork and Lollapolooza, highlights the faces of Chicago's exploding rap scene, and offers much more. Plus: a map of 10 not-to-miss events taking place during "Make Music Chicago," the Loop's solstice celebration on Saturday, June 21, which includes 200 performances across 80 locations during a 12-hour span.

Other features in the July issue of Chicago magazine (on newsstands now) includes:

• Most Eligible Chicagoans 2014 – The magazine's annual round-up of the city's most dateable- features 20 successful and interesting singles, including the Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson, The Aviary's Christopher Gerber, and B96's Michelle "Showbiz Shelly" Menaker. Chicago magazine, in partnership with The Auxiliary Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, will introduce the singles in-person at the 14th annual Summer Lovin' event, held June 20 at the Chicago History Museum. Proceeds from the event will support innovative bone marrow transplant research to improve cancer care at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  

Taj Gibson: Just Wants to Chill – Named one of this year's 'Most Eligible Chicagoans,' the Bulls' power forward sits down with Chicago to discuss his earliest basketball memories, Chicago as his home base, the tragic deaths of three of his closest pals, and his ongoing search for a woman with whom to start a family.

Dining: The Fowl Line – In the past few years, everyone from food-truck drivers to upscale restaurant groups have opened up fried-chicken joints in this city. Jeff Ruby scoured them all, plus a few classic spots, to find the best fried chicken Chicago has to offer.

The issue also takes a deep dive into the tragic story of the late Josh Marks, who had been a rising culinary star. After finishing as runner-up on Gordon Ramsay's reality cooking show MasterChef, the Washington Heights native seemed to be on his way to making it big. Then, suddenly, his life began to spiral out of control, including multiple run-ins with the police, bizarre behavior, a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, and, ultimately, his suicide last October at the age of 26. In "The Voices in Josh Marks' Head," Chicago documents the rapid descent of Marks and the frustrating struggle of his family to find adequate mental-health help for him.

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